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Colorado Piano Festival

November 21-23, 2014
  • Recitals
  • Masterclasses

The Colorado Piano Festival, hosted by the University of Northern Colorado, will be held Nov. 21-23, 2014 at Milne Auditorium in Kepner Hall on the UNC campus in Greeley, Colorado. With three days of concerts and masterclasses, there will be exciting opportunities for music-lovers, pianists and students of all ages and levels.

View Colorado Piano Festival Program (PDF)

2014 Guest Artists

The Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo

Piano Duo - Lomazov and Rackers

The Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo garnered wide attention as the Second Prize Winners of the Sixth Biennial Ellis Duo Piano Competition, the only national competition for piano duo in the United States at that time. Since then, they have performed as recitalists and in concert with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at the Kiev International Music Festival (Ukraine), Varna International Piano Festival (Bulgaria), Moulin d'Andé Arts Festival (France), Burgos International Music Festival (Spain) and Infiorata di Genzano (Italy) in addition to appearances in every region of the United States.

Lomazov and Rackers are Steinway Artists. Recent engagements include performances at the Society of Composers International Conference, the Chernigov Philharmonic (Ukraine), South Carolina Philharmonic, Piccolo Spoleto Festival and numerous others. Their performances have been described as "splendid" (Rochester, NY, WXXI radio), and a review of a performance of the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra said simply: "The soloists? Amazing" (The State).

The Lomazov/Rackers duo has premiered numerous works across the United States, including several works written specifically for them. Their broad repertoire ranges from important works by Bach, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert to wide-ranging performances of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Petrushka, leading one critic to write that the duo “really lit up the audience…demonstrated that nearly 100 years after it was written, this modernist touchstone can still sound modern” (Free Times).

Praised as a “diva of the piano” (Salt Lake City Tribune), Marina Lomazov has performed throughout the United States, Europe, South America and China. She has won prizes in the Gina Bachauer, Cleveland, William Kapell and Hilton Head international piano competitions and was the first pianist to be awarded the Artist Diploma at the Eastman School of Music in nearly two decades.

Praised for “unflappable virtuosity” (American Record Guide), Joseph Rackers has performed throughout the United States, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Spain and Ukraine at venues including the Shanghai and Sichuan Conservatories of Music (China), Dame Myra Hess Concert Series (Chicago), Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Yantai International Music Festival (China). He is the recipient of the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.

Ms. Lomazov and Mr. Rackers each hold the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music and both serve on the piano faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Music where they co-direct the Southeastern Piano Festival.


Stanislav Khristenko

Stanislav Khristenko - Piano

Stanislav Khristenko's performances have captivated audiences on four continents since his first solo recital at the age of eleven. A 'poet', 'an architect of great forms' (LeSoir), Mr. Khristenko has been praised in the media around the globe.  The Washington Post wrote “it was clear that Khristenko knows how to spin a story; his pacing was mature and unhurried, the dynamic range wide, and his fingers exhibited power and sensitivity." Of his Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall solo recital The New York Concert Review wrote "[he] has the poise and intellect of a seasoned performer.”

Mr. Khristenko has appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Belgium, the Cleveland Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Berliner Musikfreunde Orchestra, Takamatsu Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony, Northwest Florida Symphony and Moscow Conservatory Orchestra, among others. His performance highlights include solo recitals in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Schubertsaal in Vienna, Phillips Collection in Washington; and performances with orchestra in Grosser Hall of Berlin Philharmonie, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Moscow Conservatory Great Hall and Hong Kong City Hall.

Mr. Khristenko has won top prizes at some of the most prestigious international piano competitions.  In 2013 alone he won First Prize at the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition, First Prize at the 2013 Maria Canals International Music Competition, and was named Fourth Laureate at the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition.  Mr. Khristenko also was a recipient of the Emil Gilels Award of the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation and a Russian Performance Art Foundation Award.

Following Mr. Khristenko’s performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with The Cleveland Orchestra in the final round of the Cleveland Competition, the Plain Dealer’s Zachary Lewis praised his performance for its “shimmering filigree and phrases of exquisite tenderness, in which every note mattered.”

Born in Ukraine, Mr. Khristenko is a graduate of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He received an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2010 where he studied as a full scholarship student with Sergei Babayan.


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2014 Colorado Piano Festival Schedule

Friday, November 21, 2014,

7:30pm - Piano Duo Recital: Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers Reception sponsored by UNC’s MTNA Collegiate Chapter to follow.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

10:00-11:30am - Masterclass with Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers
7:30pm - Piano Recital: Stanislav Khristenko
Reception sponsored by UNC’s MTNA Collegiate Chapter to follow.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

9:30-10:30am - Masterclass with Stanislav Khristenko
11:00am - UNC Student Recital
Reception sponsored by UNC’s MTNA Collegiate Chapter to follow.


Milne Auditorium
Kepner Hall 2050
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639

All events are in Milne Auditorium unless indicated otherwise.
All events are free of charge.